The Internet is great for doing just about anything from reading the news to playing games to taking classes. Today, we’re going to focus on digital scrapbooking. No longer do you need paper, scissors, glue, tape and other offline supplies when creating a scrapbook. Now, you can scrapbook right online and for free.
The best thing about having a digital scrapbook is that you can easily share it with your family and friends on the Web. It’s especially great for families that do not live close together. Since most people now have a Facebook account, it’s great that most services have an integrated Facebook sharing feature.
The table below shows the main features of each online scrapbooking service. It’s a great way to compare and see which one is best for your needs.
Shutterfly is one of the top websites for creating digital scrapbooks. Not only can you create a scrapbook online, but they can also send you a printed version in the mail. Shutterfly provides professional, high-quality prints at affordable costs.
Anyone can create a photo book at Shutterfly with ease; they offer drag-and-drop file organization along with pre-made layouts. Unfortunately, they only accept JPG files, so keep that in mind when uploading your photos.
Mixbook allows you to create online scrapbooks in a matter of minutes. All you have to do is pick a theme and upload your photos, they’ll do the rest. They have a variety of stickers and backgrounds to choose from, so that you can make your scrapbooks unique.
You can also print out your scrapbook as a beautiful photo book. The paper they use for printing is acid and lignin-free; this means that your pages won’t turn yellow over time. Their social integration allows you to use photos from Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and more.
With a free CropMom account you can create beautiful digital scrapbooks with custom layouts. They also provide tutorials to help you make the most of your scrapbooks and to help bring out your inner creativity.
Like Shutterfly, they offer a drag-and-drop interface along with printed photo books. Also “many printing services can print your digital scrapbook page from CropMom on mugs, mouse pads, greeting cards and other personalized photo gifts.”
Smilebox is another quick service that lets you create unique scrapbooks in a matter of minutes. You can add your own design or choose from hundreds of pre-made layouts. You can also customize your scrapbooks with embellishments.
Just like the rest, Smilebox allows you to print your scrapbook. You can also easily share on Facebook or by email. Best of all, Smilebox has themes to fit just about any occasion like holidays, birthdays, new babies, pets, graduation, weddings and reunions.
Creative Studio, an online service provided by the popular brand HP, allows you to design scrapbooks online and then print them from home. Scrapbooks are available in a variety of sizes and there are many types of themes to choose from.
All scrapbooks will require you to have photo or brochure paper to print them out. It’s not clear whether these scrapbooks remain online, but it seems as though you can only use the online site to create and print your scrapbook.
Blurb provides “book-making tools,” which can be used to create beautiful bookstore-quality photo books. Much like HP Creative Studio, their online service is used mainly for designing your photo book, but they offer many unique features.
For instance, you can create photo books from your Facebook or Instagram photos. Also, you can turn your book into an iPad-compatible digital magazine. This way you can show off your scrapbook wherever you go.
If you choose to print out your book, it will have a custom cover; there are tons of layouts to choose from. The paper they use is high-quality FSC-certified and available in matte, lustre or gloss. With all of the customizable layouts they have the possibilities are practically endless.
With Scrapbooks to Share, you can create beautiful digital scrapbooks or print them; their rates are very affordable. There are thousands of free scrapbook templates to choose from. So no matter what the occasion is, you’ll be able to find something that fits.
One of the unique features of Scrapbooks to Share is the ability to duplicate your scrapbooks. This makes a great gift for holidays and special occasions.
Viovio is a fun and easy way to create online photo books. You can drag-and-drop photos to organize them or create your own PDF file and upload it. You can also design the cover and customize it as you like.
While Viovio does let you order a printed version of your photo book, you can also sell your books on their website. This is great for self-publishers who want to sell an ebook. Viovio’s photo books range in size from mini to large 12×12 pages
How Do You Scrapbook?
Do you prefer online digital scrapbooking or offline scrapbooking with paper and scissors? If you prefer online scrapbooking, which service do you use and why is that your preferred service?